Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Now Accepted & Due By October 21

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show, FREE, January 27, 2018, in Redwood City.

Nominations for the 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due from NCBS Members by October 21, 2017.

Nominations honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands & musicians are being accepted in 9 categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Paper nomination forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at fall events and e-mail nominations can be sent to (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com. Each member may nominate up to 3 in each category.

NCBS members will receive two rounds of ballots over the winter. The awards ceremony will be held on January 27, 2018 as part of the FREE NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City.

The awards show and January 26-28 festival are supported by a base grant from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and by other Redwood City-area businesses, agencies, and organizations.

2018 NCBS 11th Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Is Set For January 26-28 In Redwood City

The FREE 11th annual festival will be January 26-28, 2018.

The 11th Annual FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will be held January 26-28, 2018 at various venues in Redwood City. The festival is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

Official September-October 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Society Events

Here are the official Northern California Bluegrass Society events for September & October, 2017:


26-30 — IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC. (NCBS is a longtime organizational member of IBMA)


1 — Mountain Music Festival, Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose. FREE. (NCBS-welcomed)

11-15 — San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, various venues, San Francisco. (NCBS-welcomed)

14 — NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party, undisclosed location.

Annual NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party Will Be Held Saturday October 14

The NCBS Volunteer Party!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will honor and entertain the loyal, hard-working volunteers and bands from all of the various events and projects over the past year at the NCBS Volunteer Thank You Party on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

If you volunteered this year, look for your coveted invitation to arrive soon! And…thanks for your support!

Performance Schedule Announced For FREE October 1 Mountain Music Festival At San Jose’s Prusch Park

NCBS welcomes the Mountain Music Festival.

The performance schedule has been announced for the Sunday, October 1, 2017 Mountain Music Festival at Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose.

SUNDAY, October 1

10:00am —  The Banjo Twins
11:00 — The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers
Noon — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
1:00pm — Radio Rail
2:00 — Sidesaddle & Co
3:00 — The Goat Hill Girls
4:00 — Bean Creek

The festival is presented by the Prusch Farm Park Foundation and the City Of San Jose.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this FREE family-oriented event to our area.

Fall NCBS Walker Creek Scholarships Need Your Support

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund is now collecting donations for the September 28-October 1 Fall Camp, to be held  at the Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, accepts donations and disburses scholarships. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716. Donors who do not need a tax deduction may donate money directly to the camp.

Fall Music Camp Information can be found at Walker Creek Music Camp. The camp is run by Ingrid Noyes.

Donations can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846
Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma

NCBS Members Elect 2017-2018 Board Of Directors At Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Board of Directors

The members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society elected the 2017-2018 Board Of Directors at the past weekend’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

New Board Members are Jesse Fichman, AJ Lee and Karen Reyes. Returning Board Members are Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Michael Hall, and Mike Russell.

David Field and Penny Godlis retired from the board, but will continue to be active Society volunteers.

NCBS Welcomes The Mountain Music Festival At Emma Prusch Park In San Jose October 1

Welcomed by NCBS.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the Mountain Music Festival, set for Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose.

The line-up will feature top area bluegrass bands.

More information about the FREE family-oriented event will be announced soon.